When her water broke during dinner, my friend waddled from the booth to her car with three bar towels wedged between her legs. After all, she didn’t want to soak their floor. You’ve heard the stories like this, and as you near the end of your pregnancy, you may anticipate your water breaking. When thinking of this, you may wonder how to tell if your water broke or you peed, because it’s possible for the sensation to feel similar.
It can be confusing — especially if this is your first pregnancy — to truly know where the wet feeling in undies came from. You don’t want to be the person who panics and rushes to the hospital, only to discover that your bladder has betrayed you. But on the other hand, you don’t want to be so ambivalent that you clean yourself up and move on with your day without even looking into the matter. The good news is, there are ways to tell the difference between your water breaking and peeing your pants.
To make sure you know whether you need to head to the hospital or the laundry, check out these five ways to know if your water broke or you peed, so you’ll be prepared.
Look For Color
What you eat and drink can alter the color or your urine, but amniotic fluid will always be the same. According to Parents magazine, when your water breaks, it will be clear fluid, possibly streaked with a small amount of blood. Look for this distinct difference to determine what happened.
As your pregnancy progresses, it may seem like you’ve been pregnant for years, rather than months. You want things to start happening, and perhaps you’ve heard that you can do your part to move the process forward.
Do you know how you can break your own water? Sometimes midwives or physicians may encourage you to do this, in order that the process of labor can be started. To be clear, water can only be broken by a medical professional, but there are ways for you to encourage your water to break a bit more quickly.
How to Break your own Water
- Take Moderate Walks
Walking is an excellent way to exercise, and it’s one way you can help things along when you want your water to break. A half hour a day is all you will need for this process. As you walk, your baby will move further down the birth canal. This can cause the water to break and start contractions. Don’t overo exercise, even though you are understandably anxious about giving birth.
- Ask your Physician to Strip your Membranes
This step sounds invasive and nasty. All it really means is asking your doctor to move the sac of amniotic fluid from the sides of the uterine wall. After this takes place, your uterus will begin to get irritated, and usually contractions follow, from a few hours to several days after this step. Your water may even break when you get home from the doctor appointment where this is done.
- Stimulation of the Nipples
If you stimulate the nipples, this may be a way to get labor started. If you roll the areola and nipples using your thumb and forefinger, it will mimic the motion your baby will make when he nurses. This method seems overly simple, but many people believe it’s effective.
- Perform Sexual Moves
Having sex is another way that you can help your water to break. If you already had your physician strip the membranes, moving the amniotic fluid sac, having sex can kick-start labor. Having sex will not harm your baby, but if your water does break, cease all sexual activity, since bacteria can enter your body that way.
In an amniotomy, your physician or midwife will physically break the water for you. If you are in labor but your water hasn’t yet broken, then breaking it will speed up the birthing process.
A special tool is used, that pierces the membrane to let fluids out of that protected membrane. Your physician will check your baby right after this step, to make sure he has not been affected by stress.
- Foods That May Help Break Your Water
These foods are not medically proven to break your water or begin labor, but many people regard these old wives’ tales as truth. Once in a while they work.
- Evening Primrose Oil
Users of herbs and oils believe that the basic components of primrose oil evolve into natural prostaglandins. These can cause the water to break and begin the labor process. Take two 500 capsules per day at 36 & 37 weeks and when you reach week 38, increase your dosage to 3-4 capsules per day.
It’s a common belief that women should not eat pineapples during pregnancy. This changes when you want to go into labor. Pineapples are said to ripen the cervix and help the body to produce more prostaglandins, to help induce labor.
- Spicy Foods
This choice is a double-edged sword. On one side, eating spicy foods may upset your bowels, and this can cause your contractions to start. On the other hand, the capsaicin in pineapples may counteract the endorphins which normally help labor, making it more painful.
Keep these Facts in Mind
When you’re nearing your due date, you’ve just about had enough tiredness and feeling fat. You may have been wondering about ways to break your water, as you feel more anxious to have the pregnancy over and to deliver a new child. Regardless of how anxious you may be feeling, there are certain things you need to know and heed about breaking your water, to ensure that your baby and you will be safe and healthy.
- Only about 10% of women begin their labor after the breaking of the amniotic sac.
- Once your water has broken, your labor may become more difficult and painful. The amniotic sac supports your baby’s head, and without that cushion, his head may be too roughly forced into the pelvic area.
- Once your water has broken, risks to the labor come into play. If your water breaks and your labor does not begin, this is known as PROM, or the premature rupture of membranes. Your physician and staff will have to take special care so that you do not experience complications or infection.
- Breaking your water too early can also result in a prolapse of the umbilical cord, and this can be quite dangerous for your baby.
If you are in labor, and your water has not yet broken, it’s not generally a reason for worry. It will usually happen on its own, immediately before you deliver your baby. Think of it as a protective bubble for your baby, so you may not want t0 rush it. Even if your delivering physician wants to break the water manually, you can tell him that you want to allow your water to break naturally.
Water is the common name for dihydrogen monoxide or H2O. The molecule is produced from numerous chemical reactions, including the synthesis reaction from its elements, hydrogen, and oxygen. The balanced chemical equation for the reaction is:
How to Make Water
In theory, it’s easy to make water from hydrogen gas and oxygen gas. Mix the two gases together, add a spark or sufficient heat to provide the activation energy to start the reaction, and presto—instant water. Merely mixing the two gases at room temperature, however, won’t do anything, like hydrogen and oxygen molecules in the air don’t spontaneously form water.
Energy must be supplied to break the covalent bonds that hold H2 and O2 molecules together. The hydrogen cations and oxygen anions are then free to react with each other, which they do because of their electronegativity differences. When the chemical bonds re-form to make water, additional energy is released, which propagates the reaction. The net reaction is highly exothermic, meaning a reaction that is accompanied by the release of heat.
One common chemistry demonstration is to fill a small balloon with hydrogen and oxygen and to touch the balloon—from a distance and behind a safety shield—with a burning splint. A safer variation is to fill a balloon with hydrogen gas and to ignite the balloon in the air. The limited oxygen in the air reacts to form water but in a more controlled reaction.
Yet another easy demonstration is to bubble hydrogen into soapy water to form hydrogen gas bubbles. The bubbles float because they are lighter than air. A long-handled lighter or burning splint at the end of a meter stick can be used to ignite them to form water. You can use hydrogen from a compressed gas tank or from any of several chemical reactions (e.g., reacting acid with metal).
However you do the reaction, it's best to wear ear protection and maintain a safe distance from the reaction. Start small, so that you know what to expect.
Understanding the Reaction
French chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier named hydrogen, Greek for “water-forming,” based on its reaction with oxygen, another element Lavoisier named, meaning “acid-producer.” Lavoisier was fascinated by combustion reactions. He devised an apparatus to form water from hydrogen and oxygen to observe the reaction. Essentially, his setup employed two bell jars—one for hydrogen and one for oxygen—that fed into a separate container. A sparking mechanism initiated the reaction, forming water.
You can construct an apparatus the same way as long as you are careful to control the flow rate of oxygen and hydrogen so that you don't try to form too much water at once. You also should use a heat- and shock-resistant container.
Role of Oxygen
While other scientists of the time were familiar with the process of forming water from hydrogen and oxygen, Lavoisier discovered the role of oxygen in combustion. His studies eventually disproved the phlogiston theory, which had proposed that a fire-like element called phlogiston was released from matter during combustion.
Lavoisier showed that a gas must have mass for combustion to occur and that the mass was conserved following the reaction. Reacting hydrogen and oxygen to produce water was an excellent oxidation reaction to study because nearly all the mass of water comes from oxygen.
Why We Can't Just Make Water?
A 2006 report by the United Nations estimated that 20 percent of people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. If it’s so hard to purify water or desalinate sea water, you might be wondering why we don’t just make water from its elements. The reason? In a word—BOOM!
Reacting hydrogen and oxygen is basically burning hydrogen gas, except rather than using the limited amount of oxygen in the air, you're feeding the fire. During combustion, oxygen is added to a molecule, which produces water in this reaction. Combustion also releases a lot of energy. Heat and light are produced so quickly that a shock wave expands outward.
Basically, you have an explosion. The more water you make at once, the bigger the explosion. It works for launching rockets, but you've seen videos where that went horribly wrong. The Hindenburg explosion is another example of what happens when a lot of hydrogen and oxygen get together.
So, we can make water from hydrogen and oxygen, and chemists and educators often do—in small quantities. It's not practical to use the method on a large scale because of the risks and because it's much more expensive to purify hydrogen and oxygen to feed the reaction than it is to make water using other methods, to purify contaminated water, or to condense water vapor from the air.
There are seemingly endless techniques and tools for improving your coffee but people often overlook something that can make an astounding difference – water. While water itself is flavorless and colorless the water we drink comes with innumerable variations of minerals and PH balances. These variations can seem subtle but the impact they can have on the flavor of your coffee is substantial.
So what is “good” water? That’s a tricky question and the answer depends a bit on what brew method you’re using, so let’s start with what makes for “bad” water.
First off, any water that has odor or color should be avoided. This may be incredibly obvious, but it’s an important first step. Luckily, for most this is scarcely an issue and if it is the solution is quite simple. Any fridge, faucet, or pitcher filter system should be sufficient to remove any extraneous odors or color from your water. So no we have a blank slate… or do we?
While we may have removed odor, flavor is a different story. If you’ve tasted one state’s tap water against another’s or prefer a specific brand of bottled water you’re familiar with this issue. The specific combination of dissolved minerals in water can result in a vastly different mouthfeel and flavor. In order to protect your equipment from scale buildup, you need to avoid particularly hard water. If you’re making pour over, a little scale buildup in your kettle isn’t going to hurt anyone. If you’re using a coffee maker or espresso machine, scale buildup can single-handedly ruin your machine. Further, really hard water just doesn’t make good tasting coffee.
What we want is filtered water with a relatively low dissolved mineral content. Even further, the specific dissolved minerals in that water will subtly change the way it tastes. Water with a TDS reading of 60 could have 60ppm of mostly dissolved sodium or mostly dissolved magnesium. Those two options will taste very different, and most water softening solutions add or subtract one of those two minerals from your water. Grab some water hardness test strips to check your water.
One of the most popular water softening options for espresso machines is in-tank water softening pouches. One of the longest-running brands is OSCAR, which makes affordable sodium ion exchange pouches. This pulls calcium and magnesium from the water and replaces it with sodium. In terms of softening water and protecting your machine from scale buildup, they work wonderfully, but sodium isn’t a popular choice when it comes to great-tasting espresso.
Most third wave coffee professionals prefer the taste of water that has a higher magnesium content. Luckily, BWT makes water softening pouches that pull sodium from water and replace it with magnesium. Their products are unique in this way and commercial versions of their products are used in many coffee shops. In terms of flavor, this is our pick for a water softening pouch.
If you plan to plumb in your espresso machine or want a softener you can hook up to your tap for use with a kettle or coffee maker, we suggest getting a water softening and filtration cartridge. We offer a kit that includes the cartridge, filter, stop valve, and pressure regulator – essentially everything between the machine or faucet and your water line. A single cartridge will last you around a year and ensure consistently filtered and softened water. Aside from being vital for direct plumbed espresso machines, it’s also the best “set and forget” option.
What if you want to have complete control over the mineral content of your water to ensure optimal taste and machine safety? The best way to accomplish that is to start with reverse osmosis or distilled water and add Third Wave Water. Each of these packets contains a precisely formulated combination of minerals for one gallon of water. Simply add the packet, shake, and give it some time to fully dissolve. If you already have a reverse osmosis system this is a no brainer and many dedicated home baristas prefer Third Wave for its flavor and consistency.
If you’ve already invested in nice coffee equipment the next step it’s a no-brainer to invest in good water – not least because it’s the best insurance policy you can get for an espresso machine. Regardless of how you brew or what your plumbing may be, there’s a straightforward option to guarantee that your water is perfect for making delicious coffee.
To learn which water option may be best for you, explore the Water 101 course with Third Wave Water available exclusively through Coffee School.
When your “water breaks,” it means your amniotic sac has ruptured and labor is usually imminent (if not already under way). But what does this actually feel like? Does it feel like a pop? Is it a big gush or a slow leak?
The answer: Any of the above. Everyone’s experience is different. Here’s what BabyCenter moms had to say.
The gush or splash
For some moms, the water really does gush out – either in the hospital bed or in a more surprising setting:
“A huge gush of fluid went all over the floor.”
“A huge rush of water came from deep inside. Weirdest feeling!”
“It felt like a 5-gallon bucket of water had spilled out. With the next five contractions, more water came gushing out.”
“I got up and was walking into the kitchen when a massive amount of water gushed from between my legs.”
“An extreme gush – nothing like urinating. It didn’t stop or slow down! Grossest feeling ever.”
“It was like someone put a hose on full blast between my legs.”
Many women feel a popping sensation when their water breaks. For others, the pop is audible:
“There was a pop, like someone cracking a knuckle, and then a gush.”
“I heard a pop, then all of a sudden a large gush and a bunch of leaking.”
“I felt a popping sensation, followed by an immediate gush of very warm fluid that soaked through my pants. A little more would leak out every time I moved.”
“I’d already had an epidural and was lying in the hospital bed. It felt like a water balloon popped between my legs.”
“A water balloon popping. It didn’t hurt; it just was suddenly very wet.”
Many women experience trickling or leaking instead of the more dramatic gushing:
“I felt a warm trickle of fluid down my legs.”
“It was so slow that I thought it was sweat or normal discharge.”
“I seriously thought I had wet my pants. I went to the bathroom three times and changed my clothes before realizing that I wasn’t suffering from pregnancy incontinence. It didn’t happen like in the movies.”
“I went for a walk at the hospital to relieve my contractions, and at one point I bent over to throw up. I thought the pressure of throwing up had made me pee – very embarrassing. It turned out that the pressure had actually made my water break.”
“I felt really wet, and it was slowly leaking. Over time, it began to leak more and more until it started gushing.”
Not a dramatic gush, but not just a little trickle either – some women go for the middle ground:
“It felt like small gushes, like when you first start your period.”
“Imagine a heavy period dripping down your leg.”
“I was shopping at a big store, and when I turned, I felt a small gush. It felt like period discharge.”
“It wasn’t a trickle but not a gush either.”
The feeling of relief
Many moms feel a sense of relief when their water breaks. For some, their labor then gets more intense:
“Relief! That’s when it was time to push.”
“A huge pop, then relief from some of the pressure.”
“I only remember relief for a brief second and then more pain.”
“A slight relief for the moment, then more intensity as my baby was really coming out.”
“It felt awesome. I was already in labor and lying in the hospital bed, on my back. For a few minutes before, I felt like I was leaking, but I didn’t know if it was that or if I was sweating. Then all of a sudden I felt a gush all the way to my ankles and the pressure inside me was released, and I laughed because it felt so good.”
“When my water broke (by itself) I was about 9 cm. After being in so much pain, it felt amazing, like I had a few extra moments of peace before the pain started again. All of the pressure was gone for a few moments. And it was warm.”
“I needed to push, and when I did, my water gushed out. I felt a huge sense of relief.”
“My water broke 15 minutes before my son was born. I was already completely dilated. It felt like warm water pouring out of my body. It was pleasant, compared with all that pain!”
The unnoticed water break
Some women aren’t aware of their water breaking:
“I couldn’t feel it because I had already had my epidural.”
“I didn’t even know it broke until I realized I was wet.”
“I didn’t know until I woke up and went to the bathroom and my underwear was wet.”
“I didn’t feel it because my baby was crowning.”
“I didn’t know what had happened. I got up and the chair was wet. I still didn’t feel anything in particular except that afterward, the contractions hurt more.”
“I didn’t realize it had broken until I saw the wetness on the hospital bed.”
“I felt nothing. I just noticed some leaking during contractions, and the nurse confirmed that it had broken, probably during an internal exam.”
The rude awakening
Water doesn’t always break during civilized hours:
“When my water broke, I was asleep in bed. The initial little gush woke me up (mother’s intuition, I guess).”
“I woke up in a giant puddle!”
“It woke me up. It felt like a major gush of blood like when you stand up during your period after lying down for a long time.”
The unstoppable force
A sure sign that your water has broken – once it starts, you can’t stop it:
“It felt like urine was coming out, so I did a few Kegels to try and stop it, and it wouldn’t stop. That’s when I knew it was my water.”
“I was actually on the toilet about to take a shower before my scheduled induction. I stood up, and felt like a gush similar to a period. So I sat back down, and after it seemed done, I stood up and it happened again. I started laughing, which woke my husband up. I couldn’t get up from the toilet because it kept coming every time.”
“It felt weird because it was uncontrollable.”
“I went to the bathroom because I felt a little wet, and after I finished peeing, I still heard something going in the toilet. I guess that’s kind of what it feels like, a perpetual pee.”
“It felt like pee was constantly running out of me and there was nothing I could do about it.”
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By now, you may have worried about when and where your water will break — because you’ve probably heard one or two stories about a pregnant woman’s water breaking in an inconvenient time and place. But in reality, your experience will most likely be very different.
What causes your water to break?
Your “water breaking” is the rupture of the amniotic sac that signals your baby is almost ready to be born. No one knows for sure what triggers the chemical chain reaction that begins labor typically around week 40 of pregnancy, but experts point to a number of complicated factors, including brain signals from the fetus.
How can you tell if your water breaks?
It’s hard to say exactly how much fluid you’ll lose when your water breaks. It may feel like stream of warm liquid that makes your underwear and possibly even your pants wet. But more likely is that it will be a slow and steady trickle of fluid.
Once your water breaks, you’ll notice a continuous drip of clear or pale yellow and odorless or sweet-smelling amniotic fluid that won’t let up until your baby is born. You’ll want to wear a pad until you can get to the hospital or birthing center (or bring a towel and a change of underwear).
If you’re not sure whether your water broke, call your doctor or head to your place of delivery as soon as possible so they can verify whether you’re actually leaking amniotic fluid.
Is it my water breaking or is it discharge?
Amniotic fluid is a pale, straw-colored fluid. Vaginal discharge, on the other hand, is a thin, milky-white mucus that’s similar to but heavier than what you might experience between periods.
More About Labor and Delivery
Your water breaking may be accompanied by bloody show. This mucusy discharge is streaked pink or brown with blood, and it’s a sign that labor is imminent.
You might also lose your mucus plug, which looks like you probably imagine: a glob of mucus. Although it’s a sure sign that labor is near, you may not notice it at all.
Is it pee or did my water break?
Though many pregnant women leak urine, especially in the third trimester, a sniff will probably clue you in. If the fluid is yellowish and smells of ammonia, it’s probably urine. If it doesn’t smell or smells sort of sweet, it’s probably amniotic fluid.
Will my water break before I go into labor?
Don’t worry too much about your water breaking when you’re on a checkout line: Only about 1 in 10 women experience the rupture of the amniotic sac before they go into labor.
So chances are good that you’ll have plenty of warning or you’ll already be in the hospital when your water breaks. And lots of women require the artificial rupture of the membranes by their practitioner.
What if my water breaks but I don’t have any contractions?
It’s likely that labor’s on the way, and soon. Most women whose membranes rupture before labor begins can expect to feel the first contractions within 12 hours of that initial trickle, while others can expect them to start within 24 hours. In the meantime, you won’t run out of amniotic fluid — your body continues to produce it right up until delivery.
For some moms, however, labor takes a little longer to get going. To prevent infection through the ruptured amniotic sac (the longer it takes for labor to get going, the greater the risk), most practitioners induce labor within 24 hours of a rupture if you’re near your due date; some induce as early as six hours after.
What you can do if your water breaks
Your health care provider has probably given you a set of instructions to follow when your water breaks. Follow them. If you don’t remember the instructions or have any doubts about how to proceed, call your practitioner night or day.
If your instructions are to wait for contractions over the next 12 hours or so, you’ll need to guard yourself and your baby against infection now that the protective barrier of the amniotic sac has been breached. Use panty liners or maxi pads, not tampons, to keep the amniotic fluid from wetting your clothes, and keep your vaginal area clean. When you go to the bathroom, be especially careful to wipe from front to back. And not that you’re likely in the mood, but sex is now officially off-limits.
If you tested positive for group B strep in the weeks leading up to your due date, your practitioner will tell you that you need to get to the hospital right away after your water breaks (if it happens before you have contractions and go into labor), since there is a risk of infection.
What happens if your water breaks early?
If your water breaks after week 37 of pregnancy but before you’re in labor, it’s known as prelabor rupture of the membranes. Labor will likely begin on its own within 12 hours. If it doesn’t, your doctor will induce labor soon to reduce the infection risk.
If your water ruptures before week 37 of pregnancy, it’s known as preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). Call your doctor right away: PPROM may require hospitalization or delivery and comes with the risk of preterm labor, infection of the amniotic fluid, placental abruption and umbilical cord prolapse.
Call the doctor right away if:
- Your water breaks and the fluid looks green or brown, which may mean your baby had a bowel movement in utero (known as meconium).
- You’re 37 weeks pregnant or less (though it’s unlikely this will happen).
- You experience a small, one-time gush of fluid. It’s possible the membrane has ruptured, but your baby’s head came down and stopped the leak. This ups the risk of infection.
- You feel something in your vagina or see a loop of the umbilical cord at the vaginal opening. Call 911. Rarely, when the membranes rupture before labor begins and the baby’s not yet engaged in the pelvis (more likely when the baby is breech or preterm), the umbilical cord can become “prolapsed” — swept into the cervix or even the vagina with the trickle of amniotic fluid.
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Many cultures/religions include some fasting. The main reason for this is the same in all of these beliefs: Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing, resetting and benefits of fasting. Fasting is nature’s way of allowing your body to heal itself, and that rest is essential to the success of the process. Moreover, water fasting benefits are numerous!
When you stop eating all the energy that has been used to gain energy from food is now being used for flushing toxins out of the system and boost the natural healing mechanism of the body.
Can you drink water when fasting?
Water cleanses, also known as water fasting, are types of fasting in which for a set period of time, you only consume water. Water is easily digested and naturally provides calorie restriction. Because, unlike many other diet methods, while water fasting, you take zero calories.
How much water should I drink?
You will drink water in 24 hours. Because the first thing to remember is that 60 – 70% of our body is WATER. So, it’s crucial that you drink enough quantity of it, which should not be less than 8 – 10 glasses daily, to support the cleansing process. Drinking not enough water is during water fasting is the problem we observe the most. The body gets dehydrated, as a result, it becomes more acidic, and the cells don’t get hydrated enough to keep the blood alkalized. This results in a slower cleansing process. Such a problem is solved by giving people fluids as IVs or Himalayan sea salt drinks to keep electrolytes up.
How long can a person fast?
It should be at least three days to receive the highest amount of water fasting benefits. However, chronic severe illnesses cases will require at least (2) 14 day of consecutive fasting periods, and each will require an extra seven days as a eating period.
How to prepare before joining the program?
Try to avoid meat as best as you can; other animal products are off-limit as well, dairy products can also be consumed mindfully. Try to convert 75% of your diet into raw or steamed vegetables. The other 25% should also exclude high acidic foods. If your digestion is feeble, you may increase the amount of steamed or baked vegetables in your diet.
Dinner should be completed at 19.00. After that, herbal tea and raw nuts can be consumed as an appetizer. It’s good to avoid sugar or foods with added sugar. We all know it’s poison. So try to replace it with organic honey, maple syrup or date syrup or coconut sugar.
Eat no fried food or foods cooked in oils. When you do use oil if possible use coconut oil, avocado oil, cold-pressed organic olive oil, or flaxseed oil. Please try to avoid any packaged food-drinks or consider the organic food certificated ones.
Is it for everyone?
Everyone can benefit from this diet. Either you want to lose weight, or suffer from different conditions; obesity, chronic disease, autoimmune disorders, food addictions, digestive disorders, mental and physical exhaustion, etc.
For different needs and goals, you can do 3 day water fast, 7 day water fast or 14 day water fast. 20 day water fast and 30 day water fast are also long term options. Always look for easier to digest a medical supervision for longer fasts.
Water Fasting Benefits
Fasting diets are effective ways to prevent, reduce and heal health problems. According to research if you do one day of water diet a month, it decreases heart attack risk by 40%. Some of the most common benefits of water fasting;
- Improves Body Composition and Fitness
- Promotes Greater Satiety
- Boosts Your Metabolism
- Supports Fat Loss and Ketosis
- Improves Cardiovascular Health
- Lowers Blood Pressure Decreases Blood Sugar Levels
- Improves Blood Triglycerides
- Promotes Heart Health
- Prevents the Risk of Heart Disease
- May Slow Aging and Enhance Longevity
- Decreases Inflammation
- Increases Resistance to Oxidative Stress
- Protects the Wall of the Digestive Tract
- Improves Cell Recycling
- Increases Growth Regulation
- Protects Your Brain
- Reduces Harmful Protein Production
- Promotes a Healthy Stress Response
- Supports Healthier Collagen in Skin
- Improves Mental Health & Wellbeing
How to stop fasting?
Since your gastrointestinal system was healing during this period, introducing food to the body after only drinking water should be done slowly and in moderation to avoid potential problems.
If you don’t want to upset your stomach, you may continue a sort of liquid diet (green juices or smoothies) for a few days after a 3 day fast or 7 day fast. On the 4th day, you can introduce salads back into your diet and adding soups, later on, will make the transition go smoothly.
Today we are talking about lemon water – specifically are these little yellowy tasty flavorful fruits healthy for us? And should you be taking lemon water before your fast? Will it break your fast? Are lemons healthy? Well, this is an easy one – they certainly are and the reasons why are simple:
1. They can help our digestion right off the bat that is great news!
2. Secondly, they also give us a feeling of fullness which again translates into another huge benefit specifically if you are trying to lose weight and burn fat.
*I’ll talk about those two factors in a little more in detail because they tie into the fasting part in the second part of this blog post.*
3. Thirdly, they also help our skin give us nice healthy skin
4. Finally, they are packed full of vitamin C which is massive for our immunity and also for our overall well-being.
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When our body is healthy and our immune system is strong, we can be healthier and our body can function on all cylinders which is very very important when we are on our weight loss journey! If our body is deficient in certain nutrients like vitamin C, it is very difficult to have your metabolism firing on all cylinders so those are the main benefits of lemon water.
Lemon water and Fasting
The second part of this blog – because I know a lot of Squadies and a lot of people who are doing the 90 day lean plan practice intermittent fasting – I do to! So, does lemon water break your fast? This is a question that has been asked over and over again and the answer is NO!
A lemon only has about 2 grams of carbs! Having such a low carb percentage allows us to be able to have lemon in our water without affecting our fast! So that is the good news! Lemon water will not spike your insulin, it will not break your fast, instead it will do the OPPOSITE! Like I said it earlier, lemon water actually aids in your digestion, it fires up your immune system, which means it puts you into a deeper fasted state QUICKER! Which is very very good, becuase it allows you to get MORE out of your fast! That is why I love having a lemon water first thing in the morning before I even have my coffee! Second of all, lemon water and weight loss go head in hand because of that feeling of fullness it gives you. It’s filled with fiber, and that feeling of fullness means we’re going to be able to feel satiated for longer we’re not going to be picking at snacks throughout the morning which again is another huge benefit and it makes fasting that much easier!
So despite what you may think, lemon water is actually very healthy and also aids the fasting process which is why I recommend you give it a go! You don’t want to just give it a go for 1-2 days, give it a go for a few weeks and see how it feels because truly it makes me feel great and I get very excited every morning about my lemon water!
FINAL LEAN NOTES
Finally just a last few lean notes, I get asked this one a lot:
Does it matter if the lemon water is hot or cold?
NO it doesn’t! you’re still going to get the benefits either way! I prefer it hot so what I do is heat up some water, add the lemon juice and then add one or two ice cubes so I can drink it right away the first thing in the morning.
Secondly, try and drink it through a straw.
The lemon water is actually really bad for the enamel on your teeth! It breaks it down and that is not something we want so if you drink it through a straw you’re going to avoid that and you’re going to be able to have lemon water day after day, day after day without any of the negative consequences on your enamel!
Last but not least Squadies , subscribe to my Youtube Channel, LEANSQUAD tv because you do not want to miss any of the leanness and you can also check out all the other videos I’ve done like the video on intermittent fasting that ties in to this one! It’s another lean building block to help you get leaner more confident forever!
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